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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

New opportunity for anglers! Lake Mendocino to receive trout plants for the first time

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 06, 2012

UKIAH — The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced this past week that starting this month they will be stocking rainbow trout (triploids) in Lake Mendocino, and while a great opportunity, anglers (and boaters) are reminded that Quagga Mussel concerns are still an issue and anglers will need to “police themselves.”

“Approximately 15,000 pounds of trout will be put into the lake throughout the winter and early spring, giving anglers an opportunity to enjoy one of the state’s most popular activities,” DFG Environmental Scientist Scott Harris said.

“There are very few trout fishing opportunities in Mendocino County,” Harris said. “We are pleased that we can add Lake Mendocino to the annual allotment list as a winter trout fishery.”

According to Harris, this is the first time the lake has been stocked by DFG. “Historically, only the Mill Creek ponds east of Talmage have been stocked during winter and early winter months in Mendocino County.”

“Fish will be put in the lake several times during the winter and early spring,” Harris said. “To ensure there is a constant supply of fish in the upper East Branch Russian River area, fish will be planted in the East Branch Russian River (Potter Valley) from late April to October. The planted fish are between ½ and ¾ pounds each and are raised at the Darrah Springs Hatchery in Paynes Creek.”

Other popular fish species inhabiting the lake include large and smallmouth bass, striped bass, channel, bullhead and white catfish, black and white crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish as well as tule perch. In addition, the Bureau of Recreation has spent this winter adding new fish habitat. In the past, the best fishing has been in the coves. This winters project will now include new fish shelter along the northern and western shorelines, hopefully increasing shoreline fishing opportunities. And as the department says, “Don’t move a mussel!”

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